CONRADH NA GAEILGE BACKS AN INDEPENDENT COMMISSION TO RELAY GAELTACHT BORDERS
Conradh na Gaeilge supports the mathematics lecturer Donnchadha Ó hÉallaithe in his belief that the relaying of Gaeltacht borders should be left to an independent commission of experts (five at most) chaired by a High Court judge, in line with recommendations made in the Linguistic Study carried out by the National University of Ireland, Galway and the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.
The Linguistic Study proposes that the Gaeltacht borders be realigned and that the areas within them should be designated as status A, B or C Gaeltacht areas according to the level of Irish spoken there.
Dáithí Mac Cárthaigh, President of Conradh na Gaeilge said: "Such a commission would need to have a strict timeframe within which to work. There is no reason that this work couldn't be completed before the end of this year.
Such work would also give the various communities a chance to have their say in how they are evaluated. The question of boundaries and borders should be reviewed on a regular basis, as is done with Dáil constituencies, and would give the communities a chance to apply for Gaeltacht status or for a higher Gaeltacht status."
Fionn Mac Giolla Chuda, Gaeltacht Affairs' Spokesperson for the Conradh said: "This work is urgently required. The Gaeltacht needs to be a political and administrative unit governed through the medium of Irish: local government and planning affairs, health and education issues, the gardaí, the courts and such matters should be dealt with through Irish only from here on out. This cannot be achieved while large English-speaking areas are included within the official Gaeltacht."
Dáithí Mac Cárthaigh
President, Conradh na Gaeilge.
01 4757401 / 087 2368364
Fionn Mac Giolla Chuda
Gaeltacht Affairs' Spokesperson, Conradh na Gaeilge.